The Uniform

Today I wanted to share with you all my go to uniform when I’m not sure what to wear: all black with a few statement pieces. I know all black might seem cliche, but pairing different textures together for a monochromatic look can be incredibly chic. I also chose black pieces with a bit of interest. My tank is from H&M and has a completely sheer back, which gives the opportunity to show off a fun bralette. I also chose my Gap high rise jeans with ripped knees to play with proportions and show off a little skin at the knees. To punch it up, I like to add a statement bag or shoe. In this case I incorporated both. I’m absolutely in love with my new Rebecca Minkoff blue suade bag that I snagged in the Nordstrom abbiversary sale. I have also been loving my new silver reptile print Birks which I found at Nordstrom Rack for only $60. They look amazing together and are put on show with an all black base.

What has been your summer uniform? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

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How To: Remove Pit Stains

Hello loves! As I’ve been getting ready to leave for college, I’ve been going through all my clothes and packing. During this process I realized that my favorite J.Crew white t-shirt had absolutely disgusting pit stains.

  
GROSS. So today I wanted to share with you all how to remove any staining on your white shirts! Let’s get started with what you’ll need:

  
1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 Tablespoon of salt and 1 Tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide are what you’ll need.

First soak the shirt in 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water, or a 2:1 ratio of water and vinegar. Let the shirt soak in this mixture for 30 minutes.

  
After the shirt is done soaking, make a paste of your 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1 Tablespoon of salt and 1 Tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Remove the shirt from the water-vinager mixture and gently squeeze most of the water out. While the shirt is still damp, spread paste on the stains and let sit for 30 minutes.

  
  
After that 30 minutes you can rinse it out and toss into your regular wash with laundry detergent of your choice. (I suggest having a load ready to go so the wet shirt won’t sit for an extended amount of time and get a musty smell.) Here’s a before and after shot, my shirt is now looking good as new!  

I hope this trick was helpful for you guys! I know it saved my favorite shirt, so I love it! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Important Jewels

Hello loves! Today I have an exciting post for you because I’m partnering with Invaluable, the world’s premiere online auction marketplace. At Invaluable you can buy jewelry, fine art, collectibles and more. They have some amazing jewelry on their site and have asked me to share some of my favorite pieces with you all today.

First off is probably one of my most prized possessions. My grandmother gave me this charm bracelet, and added new charms each year. And each charm has a special meeting between her and I. For example, the bell represents her bell collection that I got to admire every time I visited her. I usually only wear it around the holidays since it’s rather gaudy, but I love it just the same.

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The next piece I wanted to share with you guys was this ring that my grandma bought my mom. She then passed it down to me and I absolutely love it. I wear it almost everyday and even bought my Pandora rings to match it. It means a lot to me because it shows my Irish roots, while also being passed down through generations. (Sidetone, I have no idea what this is made out of, I’m fairly certain it’s not sterling silver, but whatever it is makes it indestructible.)


My last piece to share with you all today are my absolute favorite earrings, I wear them at least 4 times a week. It’s kind of a problem, but they’re beautiful so not really. My dad gave me these Kendra Scott earrings for Christmas last year and I love them. I’m considering getting them in Rose Gold soon too. I just love how laid back and stylish they are.


I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! And a huge thank you to Invaluable for partnering with me on this post! What is your most valued piece of jewelry? Let me know in the comments below. Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Preferential Treatment

Hello loves! So something happened to me the other day while I was out shopping that upset me, and I wanted to kind of rant/write to talk to you about it. The other day I was out running one errands, going to the hardware store. I didn’t look my best, but I also didn’t look awful. I was wearing a crewneck and nike shorts with a little bit of makeup, so still presentable. I saw that a local boutique, in which I’d shop before, was having a sale so I decided to stop in and have a look. I walked into the store to absolutely no greeting from any of the 6 workers in the small shop, or question as to what I was looking for or if I needed any help. A woman at least 20 years older than me walked in a few moments later and 3 of the girls working immediately went to aid her in her shopping. I looked at some of the full priced fall items and didn’t see anything I liked so I moved to the sale section. Still no one approached me, if anything they dodged me. I found a dress in the sale I liked and wanted to try it on. I walked over to the area of the dressing room, and stood there waiting to be served. 4 of the girls were talking at the check out counter that was about 10 feet from where I was standing and continued to talk until I walked up to the counter, and still continued to jabber until I said “excuse me, I’d like to try this on” to which one of them stopped their conversation to say, “go right ahead, the dressing room is over there.” At this point I was extremely upset by the way I was being treated. I knew it was a higher end boutique, because I’d purchased a few special occasion dresses before from there, but that didn’t mean they could treat me differently. I had enough money from working this summer to buy a multitude of things from their store if I had wanted to. I tried on the dress, decided I didn’t like it and left. None of the workers reached out to me before I left or on my way out.

The reason I’m telling you this story is not to sulk in the fact that I was treated badly, but honestly as a note of encouragement and empowerment. I’m sure women, and men, sadly get treated like this all the time in stores they “don’t look like they belong in.” But that doesn’t mean you have to take it. You can do one of three things if you are ever treated poorly by the staff: The first response being, simply walk out. If they don’t have time for you, you don’t have to make time for them. They shouldn’t have your business, especially if it is a higher end store, if they don’t treat you with respect. The second response kind of goes off of that one in that after you leave, or after you’ve finished your shopping at that store, write this manager or store owner a letter about how you were treated and how rude their employees were. Hopefully a letter from a very dissatisfied customer will help them change their policy in the future. Lastly, one of the best in their face responses is to go in, find whatever you were specifically looking for on your own, and check out. If they ask if you received any help from anyone, be honest, tell them that no one helped you and you were a bit disappointed about that. Showing them that you are still in control of your purchases and your day is the ultimate wake up call for them.

I really just wanted to share this with you all to make sure that you are never treated the way I was in this particular instance, and that if you are you don’t succumb to anyone’s disrespectful behavior and get what you want out of the situation. Another quick tip, is if you expect this might happen in a store, bring a friend or family member along for moral support. You should never need moral support while simply out shopping for something, but sadly there are a handful of brands and shops that are still rude to cliental that doesn’t fit their perfect business mode. Be strong and be brave in your shopping endeavors, and have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Charitable Clothing: Ivory Ella

Hello loves! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to start off the week on a positive note by sharing with you an amazing new charitable organization I’ve discovered. That company is called Ivory Ella, and they design t-shirts featuring adorable elephants which a percentage of their profits go to help. Many of you may have seen this trending on twitter lately, and I thought it was just a cute shirt so I clicked on the link. It turns out it was much more than that! I love doing anything I can to help causes I believe in, even if it doesn’t seem like much, every little bit helps. And the shirts on Ivory Ella are seriously adorable. It took all my will power to only order one to start out with. I chose the lavender long sleeve shirt with a white paisley print on the back and I’m so excited for it to be delivered! Here’s pictures of the exact shirt I ordered, which sadly won’t be here for another couple weeks:

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Ivory Ella has a ton of other options online for both women and men. I would really encourage you to check it out, I’ll give you guys an update on how I’m liking the t-shirt once it arrives! Ivory Ella is sadly only doing pre-orders right now, but on a positive note, that means there are tons of people getting involved in this great cause! So the sooner you order, the shorter the wait time! And ps, no Ivory Ella is not sponsoring this post, although that’d be super cool if they did, I’m just super excited about such a great cause and a super cute product!

Here is the link to their website where you can shop and learn more about their mission: Ivory Ella.

Have a fabulous day loves!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Challenge Monday: Mixing Gems

Hello loves and happy Monday! Yay, the start to another incredibly busy week? Are you excited!? Because I’m definitely not… (Bet you were expecting a different answer there, gotcha.) But anyways, one of my favorite things to do recently has been layering super delicate jewelry with more statement peices because why not? And I feel like it easily makes an outfit 10X more interesting, and my outfit I mean the black cotton shift dress I’ve worn the past 3 days in a row. No shame. But through doing that, I’ve been pairing various different statement peices with my new favorite cross necklace from Dogeared at Nordstrom. (Which I’ll link here.) I really wanted a necklace that was dainty, good enough quality to shower in, and boldly (or daintily) show my faith at school. Because that’s an important part of who I am and I wanted it to be noticable upon meeting me! (And yes, a tattoo would’ve been another great option but they STICK NEEDLES INTO YOUR SKIN, so no thank you.) Anyway, ALL of that being said, let’s jump into this week’s Challenge Monday of pairing dainty jewelry with statement pieces.

Oh also, my favorite part of this Challenge Monday is that you pretty much can’t fudge this up. Here’s how to keep it trés chic: stick to one statement jewelry piece in your whole ensemble. Then, whatever other jewelry you add in stays dainty. So for example, pair your statement necklace with dainty rings and simple diamond studs and boom, done. Or your statement earrings with a few layered necklaces that are, what else, dainty and a simple ring. You’ll look fabulous while still being bling-ed out to the max. Here are some of my favorite examples from Pintrest:

   
    
 I hope this has inspired you to try something new with your accessories! I’ve been absolutely loving doing this myself! Have a fabulous day!
xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

WIWW: July 15, 2015

Hello loves! I’m back with another what I wore Wednesday! When it’s hot out I always reach for a fun summer dress, Lord knows I have way too many of them for how often I get a chance to wear them. This one is one of my particular favorites from Francesca’s Collection. It’s bright red with little tiny penguins on it, and it’s one of my all time favorites. I still remember being in the store trying it on, I came out to show my mom and I was so excited. She asked me if I really wanted and would wear a dress covered in penguins, because it was kind of weird. And I think that was one of the first times when I stood up for myself in my own fashion choices. And yes I did want that bright red dress with little penguins, and I didn’t care what anyone else thought of it because it made me happy. My mom has since changed her mind about the penguin dress and it’s become a great inside joke between the two of us, so for me, this dress has a lot of other memories attached to it as well. To go along with this super special dress, I paired my all time favorite Fossil purse and Vince Camuto sandals. I kept the jewelry simple with a pair of studs from Nordstrom Rack and rings all from Banana Republic, to accentuate my Deborah Lipman Polish of course.

  
Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette